Performance Testing for Online Games and Game Servers

Online gaming is booming, and the demand for online games will be persistent in upcoming years. The global gaming market was valued at USD 173.70 billion in 2020, and it is expected to reach a value of USD 314.40 billion by 2026. One of the important growth factors is, perhaps, the pandemic, since multiple lockdowns made people stay at homes and turn to game platforms to pass the time. But it also created unexpected load growth on gaming servers all around the world.
Obviously, in such circumstances the QA sector of load testing for online games is increasing, too. In this article, we will outline what is load testing in games, why it is an absolute must to performance test games on a regular basis, what types of performance tests are applicable in the online gamedev industry.

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Performance Testing for Game Development: Process Automation

Mobile games require performance testing before they hit the markets, otherwise a game built for a high-end device can get complained about by thousands of users and cause financial and reputational losses. Luckily, most key market players do realize it and run performance and load tests on a regular basis, during development, before every next release, etc., so the testing process becomes a necessary routine.

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5 most common mistakes to avoid in performance testing projects

A wise man once said, Only those who do nothing make no mistakes. That is why we devote this post to mistakes often made in load and performance testing projects. This post was written not only for managers who are up to their first testing project, but also for leading engineers who have had many of them and have many stories of their own to tell.
The focus of this text is on performance testing, although there obviously may be many mistakes in any part of a complex IT project.

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What is Web Performance Testing and Why do You Need It?

Performance testing is one of the most challenging components of web application testing. But it is worth it: if done right, performance testing can forecast product behavior and its response to user’s actions with an impressive amount of detail and precision. Irrelevant web performance test data or wrong metrics chosen during testing cost companies a lot of money and effort, while not monitoring your web application performance at all can lead directly to a crash, say, on Black Friday, if you are not prepared to handle an increased number of concurrent users.

Business or product owners needn’t know exactly how to performance test a website, but it’s useful to have a basic understanding of procedures that you pay for. From this post, you can learn what web application performance testing is, when it should be done, and how. Then, you will be able to make an informed choice whether to hire testing specialists or run testing sessions on your own.

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Automating performance testing results: best practices part 3

In Part 1 of this tutorial, we had a close look on how to update your load testing environment to make load testing results automation possible. Instead of preparing your load testing report manually for days, with the environment discussed above, your data structure will depend on you, not you on your data structure.

In Part 2, we’ve tackled a problem that engineers in every load testing company complain about, — namely, how Grafana slows down the system, — and several other quick fixes to your Grafana dashboards. We plunged into multiple databases and data sources, retention policies and tag filters.

Finally, in this part we want to enable you to automate your test reports using all the infrastructure you have hopefully designed after reading through parts 1&2.

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